George H Palmer

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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Major George H. Palmer
(Medal of Honor recipient)

George H. Palmer entered the Civil War as a Bugler in Company G, 1st Illinois Cavalry. After leading a charge to retake the Union Hospital at Lexington Missouri, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was honorably discharged October 9, 1861.

In August, 1862, he reenlisted as a 1st Lt. in Company A, 83rd Illinois Infantry, and rose to the rank of Captain. He was mustered out on June 26, 1865.

In 1867, he enlisted and was appointed 2nd Lt. in the 27th U.S. Infantry. By 1885, he was promoted to Captain. He served in the war with Spain and was promoted to Major with the 4th U.S. Infantry until his retirement on February 27, 1899. He died April 7, 1901 (Reportably strenuous service in a tropical climate hastened his death). He was a member of the Illinois Commandery of the Loyal Legion.

Biography and picture courtesy of Monmouth College Oracle, Vol. XV, No. 34, May 30. 1911 (Online).

Major George H. Palmer